The directorial debut (as a team) for John Musker and Ron Clements, who would later direct Disney classics Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Moana. It may not be as fondly-remembered as their later achievements, but it did kick-start a revival in Disney's fortune, with some high-quality animation, a solid plot and some hilarious voicework (particularly from Barrie Ingham and Vincent Price)
It is dark, especially in the opening scene where Olivia Flaversham's toymaker father is kidnapped by a giant bat.
It must have been a tough sell to children at the time, but it did fantastically well at the box office ($50m worldwide against a $14m budget on its initial release).
Fans of animation will take particular note of the…